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Arturia BeatStep + Mini V Combo

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Quick Overview

Arturia’s BeatStep offers a new degree of functionality and performance for a portable pad controller...



From the starship funk lead lines of the 70’s, to the gangster whine of mid 90’s hip-hop, the ever present minimoog has been making its phat presence felt for over 3 decades. In partnership with Bob Moog, we decided to reproduce the legendary interface with the same look and feel than the original because of its particular "mood", and because many musicians wish to use the same interface they used in the past. But the reproduction of this synthesizer does not stop to the look and feel, we also recreated its inside characteristics…


Support for 64-bit VST and Audio Unit
Support for Pro Tools 9
MIDI Control Assignment Improvement
Update of toolbar look and feel
Added support for NRPN MIDI controls
Added triangle LFO waveform

Main Features:

All the parameters of the original synthesizer
Advanced automation mode
Revolutionary preset navigation system called the SoundMap
New formant-based FX called the Vocal Filter 
New Chorus and Stereo Delay Effect section
More than 1000 presets created by talented artists and sound designers




Compact Control Powerhouse

Arturia’s BeatStep offers a new degree of functionality and performance for a portable pad controller. 

BeatStep is highly versatile, capable of triggering clips in such applications as Ableton Live, it also allows you to play drums in conjunction with such applications as BFD or EZDrummer.

BeatStep is also a 16-step analog sequencer for creating all kinds of musical phrases to be sent to analog synthesizers, MIDI drum machines, MIDI keyboard devices, or computer programs. Its vast connectivity allows you to interface BeatStep with a computer or iPAD using USB, a drum module using MIDI or an analog synthesizer equipped with CV/GATE.

Main Features :

MIDI controller Mode – RED LED MODE
Step Sequencer mode – BLUE LED MODE
16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads
16 encoders
16 MIDI Controller presets
16 Sequence presets
Works with MIDI Control Center Editor
Internal and External clocking
CV outputs
MIDI output
iPAD compatibility (using camera connection kit)
Transports can send MIDI CC or MMC
Kensington Lock
Standalone MIDI or CV operation when powered via standard USB power adaptor
USB Class compliant (no drivers)


BeatStep is designed to give you the control you need whether it is in conjunction with your favorite DAW or loop triggering software, VST Instrument or Effect, Drum software, DJ application, MIDI synth or even CV/GATE equipped analog gear. The possibilities are nearly endless. 

BeatStep fulfills multiple requirements for a wide variety of musicians. It is a true chameleon in that it can become many things to many people. No other compact pad controller on the market offers this level of control along with a step sequencer at such an amazing price. 

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Play with any drum software

Beatstep’s 16 pads are both pressure and velocity sensitive which means that they allow you to capture the nuances of your performance. Beastep is the perfect control surface for producers and percussionists using iPads or software instruments such as BFD, Kontakt, Live’s Drum Rack, EZ Drummer, Addictive Drums, Geist or Reason Kong.

Sequence Analog And Software Syntesizers

BeatStep goes beyond the typical pad controller functions by adding a step sequencer. This opens it up for people who are using either MIDI modules, CV/GATE synths like the MiniBrute or MicroBrute and also to people using plug-ins on their computer via USB. While your sequence is playing switch to Controller mode and use the pads and knobs to enable and disable effects or tweek filters, attack and decay times on plug-ins, etc. BeatStep will allow you to create new ideas and add to your live performances in unlimited ways. 

Enhance Your Live Performances And DJ Sets

Wether you use Ableton Live, Traktor, Serato or any other DJ/clip playback software, the Beatstep pads are perfect for launching samples or enabling effects. The 16 encoders give you lots of possibilities of mapping them to eq’s, filters, delays and other performance effects. BeatStep makes a stylish and portable companion to your other DJ control surfaces.

Control Your MIDI Compatible Gears

Beatstep is the perfect solution for stage performers looking for a solution to send Midi messages and control changes to their hardware gear and workstations. Thanks to the included Midi Control Center, mapping Beatstep to your needs becomes a breeze. 

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With 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads, BeatStep is the perfect compact solution for playing percussion. The ultra sensitive pads allow for great dynamic performances. The 16 encoders can be assigned to adjust parameters that allow further real-time control over your drum sounds. 
Add to this the 16 user presets and you can have controller setups for all occasions.

The 16 pads can be individually set to be used for :

1. note generation
2. MIDI CC buttons
3. Sending program change messages

When used as note sending pads, these ultra sensitive backlit pads can send velocity and pressure information and support both Gate and Toggle modes of operation. 
This allows you to use them to play drum and percussion parts using a drum module, or you can use them to trigger notes and hold drone notes in Toggle mode on a synthesizer.

In MIDI CC mode the pads could be used as assignable switches for your favorite DAW functions or used to trigger clips or effects in a Looping DAW or DJ application.

In MIDI Program change mode you can send program change messages as well as bank change messages.


The Step sequence mode turns BeatStep into a completely different product. A step sequencer is the most basic type of music sequencer. They were popular in the 1960’s and 70’s. They have come back into fashion with the popularity of modular synthesizers. There are examples of step sequencers in our Arp2600 V, Modular V, and Jupiter 8 V software. 

In SEQ mode, the pads and encoders work together to set and enable steps in a sequence and set pitches for each step. 
By simply pressing a pad, it will enable or disable the current step in a melodic pattern. With a few presses, you are creating and changing up musical patterns in real-time. 

BeatStep allows for 16 sequences to be stored in memory and recalled instantly. This allows you to play multiple patterns and create your own songs. 

Setting pitches on a step sequencer can be difficult, to allow you to find the notes you want we added scale modes that quantize the pitches of the encoders to a specific set of notes. This means that instead of having the encoders move up and down chromatically like most step sequencers, you can set BeatStep so that you will only be allowed to pick notes that belong to the scale you want to work in. Look ma, no wrong notes !

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BeatStep goes beyond most other MIDI controllers by having many ways to connect to your other gear.


It features USB Class compliant I/O for using it with your laptop or iPAD. This gives you the control you would expect to have from a pad controller. Control the transports on your favorite DAW, sequence your favorite plug-in, set up the encoders to modulate filters and eq’s or mixer channels. All this and more. 


BeatStep does not stop where the competition stops however, we added MIDI out as well. You can use the pads to control that old drum module or the drum sounds on your workstation. Use the Step Sequencer mode to bring new life to your MIDI equipped synthesizers. This controller will give you limitless ways to create and be great with no wait, but that’s not all, there is also… 


BeatStep has a standard 1 volt per octave CV  output as well as a standard 1 volt per octave GATE output. You can directly interface them with our famous MiniBrute or MicroBrute synthesizers. Combining Beatstep's step sequencing capabilities with a modular synth allows for all kinds of hands on control and pattern generation.

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Now it is clear that this is both a pad/knob controller AND a step sequencer but it might not be clear that you can run them both at the same time. 

Yes, that is right. You could be using the CV/gate output from the step sequencer playing your MiniBrute and then switch to CONTROL mode and have it controlling clips on Ableton Live and using the encoders to manipulate your VST version of SEM V.Maybe playing the drum sounds on a vintage Roland drum module via the MIDI output and sequencing a SH-101 using the CV/GATE in SEQ mode is more your style. 

What if you want to step sequence Jupiter 8V on MIDI ch 1 while controlling the MMC transports in Logic and playing the drum sounds from BFD on MIDI ch 10 both via USB? You can do that as well. 
The combinations are truly limitless.

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The MIDI Control Center software provides you with a fast and easy way to edit parameters. 

Editing your MIDI setups and sequences is a cinch with this software. 

Export your presets to back them up or create archives of your favorite presets to share with others. 


Windows: Seven / Eight
Mac OS X: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher


PC/Windows: 2 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU (multiple core required)
Mac (Intel only) : 2 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU (multiple core required)
2GB free hard disk space



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Hardware Specifications :


16 backlit pads :Red = MIDI CC mode
Blue = SEQ mode
Velocity and pressure sensitive pads
16 assignable encoders with 3 modesMIDI CC
Program Change
Transport ButtonsSends MIDI clock with Start/Stop (internal sync)
Sends MMC play and stop messages.
Data DialVolume MIDI CC7 – Control Mode
Rate – in SEQUENCE mode
Seq Transpose – SHIFT+Data Dial
Kensington Lock
16 user presets
Multiple pad modesNOTE data
MIDI CC data
Program Change with Bank
Step Sequencer – BLUE LEDS16 user step sequences
Step play modesForward
Alternate > <
Time divisions
¼th, 1/8th, 1/16th, 1/32nd
Internal or External Sync
Direct MIDI channel select
Pattern Length = 1 -16 steps
Sysex functionsSwing 50%-75%
Gate Time
Legato playback mode
User Scale setting
ConnectivityMini USB in/out (DC in for standalone operation)
3.5mm MIDI output
3.5mm CV & Gate outputs

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PC: 2 GB RAM; CPU 2 GHz (Multiple cores required), 2GB free hard disk space.
Mac (Intel only): 2 GB RAM; CPU 2 GHz (Multiple cores required), 2GB free hard disk space.PLATFORM SPECIFICATIONS:
Windows: Seven / Eight 
Mac OS X: 10.7 or higher

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“The BeatStep is another great Arturia product that now sits firmly in our studio. We have started to integrate into our live show for on the fly programming and sequencing giving us greater control over drum programming and enhancing the love factor to our sets. Much fun!“ - Tony Mitolo Empire of the sun (drummer), The Swiss, Adapt or Die.

"I fell in love with a little new toy, the BeatStep. So simple and so effective. I hate complicated technology and the BeatStep is as simple as one would wish. Plus the benefit of great sequenzing and controlling possibilities including a CV/Gate connectivity to get my old synths back from the attic in the studio." - Oliver Huntemann

"The new beatStep is extremely intuitive and has helped my creative process and workflow exponentially. Not to mention making programming fun again! This is an exciting step forward for controllers and I am confident that this will be a staple in my productions moving forward."  - Doc McKinney (producer to: Drake, The Weeknd, John Legend, Sting)

SpecialsAug 16, 2015